Identifying Main Ideas

With guidance and support, students should begin to identify the main idea in a text. Once they identify the main idea, they can begin to retell the main textual details. This reading activity will help teachers guide students as they learn to speak and write about the main idea and details in a text.

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We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

R1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
W7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
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